Distance and flexible learning


The University of London English programme

Goldsmiths has offered a degree in English through the University of London since 1996. The programme is modelled on the programmes studied by Goldsmiths’ on-campus students in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The Department has a thriving research environment embracing traditional and new approaches to English studies, covering a range of interests in British, American and Irish literatures since the 16th century. There are more than 450 students currently registered for English with the University of London.

The following awards are available:

  • Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in English (120 credits) 
  • Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education in English (240 credits)
  • Level 6 BA in English (360 credits) 

Successful students progress through the programme, starting with Level 4 courses, until they have passed courses worth 360 credits and are eligible for the award of BA in English. The intermediate awards are available for students who wish, for example, to study for a Certificate of Higher Education or who are unable to complete the degree.

Students take a maximum of twelve courses, each of which is worth 30 credits. They progress through the programme, starting with four courses at Level 4.

All students take the following two courses:

  • Explorations in Literature (compulsory course)
  • Approaches to Text (compulsory course)

They then select two further Level 4 courses from the following:

  • Renaissance Comedy: Shakespeare and Jonson
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to English Language

At Level 5 students take two courses that encompass pre-1800 literature from the following:

  • Literature of the Later Middle Ages
  • Renaissance and Restoration
  • Augustans and Romantics

They then choose two of the following courses:

  • Victorians
  • Moderns
  • Varieties of English

At Level 6 students choose to study four of the following courses:

  • American Literature
  • Drama Since 1860
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and the Media
  • The Novel
  • Postcolonial Literatures in English
  • Shakespeare

Further information about the English programme can be found on the University of London website.

Online support is offered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) which enables students to participate in tutor group forums (Level 4), e-seminars (Levels 5 and 6), submit essays for formative assessment in preparation for examinations, benefit from the Learning Support Forum and use the online library. There is also an online café which enables students to discuss the courses that they are taking with other students.

If you would like further information about the University of London programmes at Goldsmiths, please contact:

The Information Centre 
University of London
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DN

Online enquiries form (for new students)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8360

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